Executive and Leadership Team
Our Executive and Management Team operates under the direction of Kevin Cmunt, President/CEO, our Board of Directors and our Advisory Council. Our leadership team establishes the organization's strategic direction and guides a clinical, operations and administrative staff of nearly 300 people in conducting our day-to-day business and clinical activities, all of which seek to save and enhance people's lives through donation.
Kevin Cmunt is President/CEO of Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network. In that role, he provides overall leadership for the organization, guides its strategic direction and ensures that the organization stays true to its mission — to save and enhance the lives of as many people as possible through organ and tissue donation
Before joining Gift of Hope in December 2012, Kevin served as Executive Vice President of AlloSource, Gift of Hope's Centennial, Colo.-based tissue processing and distribution partner. In that role, he was responsible for AlloSource's external relationships, including management of donor agency partnerships and business relationships with customers, medical professionals and hospitals. He also was responsible for driving progressive product development that honored the gift of donation by maximizing its impact to the medical community and tissue transplant recipients. Before joining AlloSource, Kevin held various engineering, operations and business development positions with the American Ref-Fuel Company.
In addition to serving as Gift of Hope's chief executive, Kevin currently provides industry leadership as a Board member for the American Association of Tissue Banks, the national professional association that works to improve the quality and availability of donated tissue and serves as the recognized voice for tissue donation, transplantation and tissue banking; LABS Inc., a leading provider of testing services for the tissue industry; and the Joint Restoration Foundation, which advances the use of allografts in sports medicine.
Kevin holds bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering from the University of Illinois and Illinois Institute of Technology, respectively. He was born, raised and currently resides in Illinois.
Martin Jendrisak, MD, FACS
Medical Director and Vice President, Research and Development
Martin Jendrisak, MD, FACS, is Medical Director and Vice President of Research and Development of Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network. As Medical Director, he provides medical oversight of all organ and tissue recovery operations for Gift of Hope. In his R&D role, Dr. Jendrisak oversees Gift of Hope's research activities, including lab testing innovations and donor management enhancements, and he fosters research collaboration with universities, transplant programs and fellowship programs.
Before joining Gift of Hope in 2010, Dr. Jendrisak was the Surgical Director of the kidney transplant program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. He was the Associate Medical Director at Mid-America Transplant Association for more than 15 years, and also served on their Board of Directors and Medical Advisory Committee. He is a member of the United Network for Organ Sharing's (UNOS) OPO committee, the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, and St. Louis Surgical Society among several others.
Dr. Jendrisak's work has lead to active programs in blood group incompatible transplantation, desensitization of allosensitized patients, paired kidney exchange and post-transplant immune monitoring. He co-developed the Mini-nephrectomy, a minimally invasive open live donor nephrectomy to reduce living donor operative morbidity. In addition, he implemented and directed the altruistic living donor program in collaboration with Missouri's OPO, Mid-America Transplant Services.
Dr. Jendrisak completed his fellowship in transplantation and his residency at Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. He holds his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio.
Chief Policy Officer
Elizabeth Lively is Chief Policy Officer for Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network. In her position, Elizabeth leads the development and growth of the Illinois Transplant Fund and works to strengthen relationships with hospitals, elected officials, coroners, medical examiners and other key external stakeholders to promote Gift of Hope's mission.
Before joining Gift of Hope in January 2016, Elizabeth served as Vice President of Foundation Development for the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council, a membership and service association comprising more than 150 hospitals and healthcare organizations that work together to improve the delivery of healthcare services in the metropolitan Chicago area. Previous to that, she served as MCHC's Vice President of Government and External Affairs with oversight of the Council's advocacy, public relations, marketing and membership services departments.
Before joining MCHC, Elizabeth served at Adventist Midwest Health in Hinsdale, Ill., for more than 20 years. She held several positions there, most recently as Associate Vice President for External Affairs and President of the Midwest Health Foundation.
Elizabeth holds a master of science degree in communications from Northwestern University in Evanston and is an alumna of Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in Indianapolis.
A volunteer for Chicago-based Top Box Foods, Elizabeth also serves on the Dean's Advisory Board of Midwestern University's Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in Downers Grove, Ill., and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Robert Wood Johnson Leadership Network and Chicago Area Public Affairs Group.
Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Business Development
Ross Raspopovich is Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Business Development for Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network. In his role, Ross is responsible for the financial viability, budgeting, audit oversight, business insurance, treasury, tax, credit, investments, accounts receivable, accounts payable and all accounting functions for the organization. In addition, he is responsible for identifying new business opportunities that complement the organization's existing services and support its mission and for executing plans to bring those new businesses to life.
Before joining Gift of Hope in 1999, then known as the Regional Organ Bank of Illinois, Ross was director of finance for York Behavioral Health Care, L.L.C., at Managed Care Resources Management Group in Burr Ridge, Ill. His more than 20 years of accounting and finance experience also includes positions at Aon Corporation in Chicago.
Ross holds a master's degree in business administration from Indiana University in Gary and a bachelor's degree in accounting from Illinois State University.
Evelyn Schultz, CPTC
Vice President of Internal Operations
Evelyn Schultz, CPTC, is Vice President of Internal Operations for Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network. In her role, Evelyn provides hands-on management of Gift of Hope's four strategic drivers — donor management, organ placement, tissue recovery and donor authorization. She also oversees all phases of the organ and tissue recovery process, including requesting, organ allocation, and surgical recovery and preservation. Her responsibilities also include day-to-day management of all Gift of Hope organ recovery staff and oversight of the pulsatile perfusion laboratory and medical records.
Evelyn began as an organ recovery coordinator with Gift of Hope in 1993, then known as the Regional Organ Bank of Illinois. Her subsequent positions include donor management specialist, team leader, supervisor and manager. Before joining Gift of Hope, Evelyn was a registered respiratory therapist at a Level 1 trauma center for 13 years. A certified procurement transplant coordinator, she is a member of the North American Transplant Coordinators Organization and is a past member of the Pediatric Transplant Committee for the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network/United Network for Organ Sharing.
Evelyn holds an associate's degree in applied science from Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Ill.
Michael Harmon, RN, CPTC
Director of Organ Recovery Operations
Michael Harmon, RN, CPTC, is Director of Organ Recovery Operations for Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network. In his role, Mike manages the strategic and daily activity of all organ recovery services clinical staff. He also develops and implements clinical policies, procedures and protocols for all aspects of the organ donation process.
Before assuming his current role at Gift of Hope, Mike held several increasingly responsible positions in organ recovery services for the organization. Mike joined Gift of Hope in 1997, then known as the Regional Organ Bank of Illinois, after serving as a staff nurse in the neurological intensive care unit at The Methodist Hospitals in Gary, Ind. A certified procurement transplant coordinator, he is a member of the North American Transplant Coordinators Organization.
Mike holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from Valparaiso University in Indiana, and a bachelor's degree in communications from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.
John Lunz, PhD
Director of Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics Laboratory
John Lunz, PhD, is Director of the Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics Laboratory for Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network. In his role, Dr. Lunz is responsible for the overall supervision of lab activities. In addition, he serves on Gift of Hope's Advisory Council.
Before joining Gift of Hope, he was the Assistant Director of the Tissue Typing Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Department of Pathology. He received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, was a post-doctoral scholar at the Thomas E.Starzl Transplantation Institute and is an ASHI Certified Laboratory Director.
Senior Manager of Transportation and Facilities
Edward Lesh is Senior Manager of Transportation and Facilities for Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network. In his role, Ed is responsible for operation of Gift of Hope's organ and tissue transportation system including the hiring and training of staff; purchase, maintenance and licensing of vehicles; and policies and procedures for operating transportation services. In addition, he manages the Gift of Hope property, which includes management of maintenance agreements, property security, policies and procedures, and building operations.
Before joining Gift of Hope in 2003, Ed was manager of building services for Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet, Ill. Certified in air-conditioning and refrigeration, boiler operations and building maintenance, he is a member of the National Fire Protection Agency and the Building Owners and Managers Association.
Ed completed undergraduate classes in business management and computer science at Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill.
Director of Community Affairs
Jack Lynch is Director of Community Affairs for Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network. In his role, Jack is responsible for developing and maintaining communications that promote organ and tissue donation within selected community groups and hospitals. He also oversees Gift of Hope's African-American Task Force, composed of more than 100 volunteers who coordinate donor education programs in the African-American communities throughout Illinois and northwest Indiana.
Before joining Gift of Hope in 1987, then known as the Regional Organ Bank of Illinois, Jack was a manager of hospital development for Sandoz Pharmaceuticals in Hanover, N.J. Recognized as a leader in addressing organ donation and education in the African-American community, Jack was appointed by former Illinois Gov. George Ryan to serve as chairman of the Illinois Department of Public Health Organ Donation Committee in 1993. He carried out this role until 2003 and currently serves on Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White's Organ Donation Advisory Board. A member of numerous healthcare and donation-related organizations, he is a guest instructor at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, the University of Illinois School of Public Health in Chicago and the University of Illinois School of Medicine in Chicago. In addition to speaking at numerous hospitals and organ transplant programs across the country, Jack has been frequently interviewed on minority organ and tissue donation for local, regional and national media.
After attending Chicago city collegesand Chicago State University, Jack went on to participate in the master med program at Meharry Medical College in Nashville.
Director of Information & Technology Services
Edward Marchewka is the Director of Information & Technology Services for Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network. In his role, Edward is responsible for maintaining and securing the infrastructure for 24/7/365 operations, supporting the IT customer environment, and delivering and supporting the enterprise applications that run Gift of Hope. His teams work with Gift of Hope's internal and external customers to deliver high-quality information and technology services.
Before joining Gift of Hope, Edward was the Enterprise Information Security and Server Operations Manager for Chicago Public Schools, the third largest school district in the country. Additionally, his IT background includes experiences ranging from running his own business to performing field service to serving a Fortune 250 company, Thermo Fisher Scientific.
Edward holds active certifications from (ISC)2, ITIL, PCI, Microsoft and CompTIA; a designation from the National Security Agency; and legacy certifications from Cisco and HP. He is a member of (ISC)2 and the Association of Information Technology Professionals and is a board member with the Chicago InfraGard. Edward also is involved with ChicagoFIRST and the Chicago Electronic Crimes Task Force and is on the governing body for Evanta's CISO Executive Summit, an annual professional development event for chief information security officers.
Edward holds an MBA and a master of science degree in mathematics from Northern Illinois University and a bachelor of arts in liberal studies and a bachelor of science in nuclear engineering technologies, both from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, N.J. He also holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Ron Skolek, RN, BSN
Director of Hospital Development
Ron Skolek is Director of Hospital Development for Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network. As head of the Hospital Development management team, Ron oversees the planning and execution of programs to effectively reach and positively influence hospital leadership to instill a strong donation culture within their institutions and maximize organ and tissue donation opportunities.
Ron works collaboratively with external groups, such as the Illinois Hospital Association, the Health Resources and Services Administration and the 180 hospitals in Gift of Hope's service area to develop long-term plans and provide professional education materials and approaches which promote environments that support organ and tissue donation.
Ron has been with Gift of Hope since 1995 in a variety of operational roles, most recently in charge of organ placement before being appointed head of the Hospital Development team in May 2015. During his tenure at Gift of Hope, Ron has led the organization's efforts to redesign the way Gift of Hope maximizes the gift of donation. He has focused his professional energies on organ allocation, clinical management and machine preservation of transplantable kidneys, ensuring the successful placement of every transplantable organ recovered from people who offered the gift of life through donation.
In 2011, the International Society of Organ Preservation recognized Ron for his years of service to ISOP and for providing the organization with outstanding leadership and positive influence in the field of organ preservation and transplantation. During his tenure on the ISOP Board, Ron championed the development of a Certified Transplant Preservationist examination for the American Board for Transplant Certification, creating the transplantation field's only credentialing test for organ preservationists.
Ron holds a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill. He also holds several other noteworthy professional affiliations and certifications in the transplantation field.
Director of Human Resources
Marianne Steimle is Director of Human Resources for Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network. In her role, Marianne oversees all human resources functions, including recruitment, compensation, benefits, employee relations and employment law compliance.
Before joining Gift of Hope in 2012, Marianne served as Director of Human Resources for Individual Advocacy Group, a not-for-profit organization that provides training, therapies and residential programs for children and adults with special needs. Concurrently, she provided pro-bono human resources project management services for the Taproot Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that makes business talent available to organizations working to improve society.
Marianne holds Senior Professional in Human Resources certification and is Board Secretary of the Illinois State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management. She also is a member of the Human Resource Association of Oakbrook and Grundy/Will Human Resource Association.
Marianne earned an MBA from Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill., and holds a bachelor of science degree in marketing and finance from DePaul University in Chicago.
Our mission is to save and enhance the lives of as many people as possible through organ and tissue donation.
That every opportunity for organ and tissue donation is successful.
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